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    German minister heads to Washington amid growing US critiques
    Feb02

    German minister heads to Washington amid growing US critiques

    German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel talks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, on January 26, 2017. Photo: Reuters BERLIN: Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday announced plans to visit Washington and shore up ties with Germany’s closest ally outside Europe, days after a...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko plans referendum on NATO membership: German media
    Feb02

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko plans referendum on NATO membership: German media

    Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko listens during a news conference in Tallinn, Estonia, on January 23, 2017. Photo: Reuters BERLIN: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans a referendum on whether Ukraine should join the NATO alliance given polls that show 54 percent of Ukrainians now favour such a move, Germany’s Funke...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko plans referendum on NATO membership: German media
    Feb02

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko plans referendum on NATO membership: German media

    BERLIN – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans a referendum on whether Ukraine should join the NATO alliance given polls that show 54 percent of Ukrainians now favor such a move, Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain reported Thursday. … …read more Source:...

    Tillerson takes charge of restive State Department
    Feb02

    Tillerson takes charge of restive State Department

    WASHINGTON: Former ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson was sworn in Wednesday to take charge of a US State Department simmering with opposition to President Donald Trump’s refugee ban. After the 64-year-old oilman’s nomination was confirmed by the Senate, he headed to the White House, where Trump formally named the political...

    NATO issues dire Ukraine warning as 19 die in fighting
    Feb02

    NATO issues dire Ukraine warning as 19 die in fighting

    The head of NATO warned on Wednesday that Ukraine faced its worst violence “in a long time” as global alarm rang out over a spike in bloodshed that has killed 19 people in the European Union’s backyard. The post NATO issues dire Ukraine warning as 19 die in fighting appeared first on Inquirer News. …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko plans referendum on NATO membership – German media
    Feb02

    Ukraine’s Poroshenko plans referendum on NATO membership – German media

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko plans a referendum on whether Ukraine should join the NATO alliance given polls that show 54 percent of Ukrainians now favour such a move, Germany’s Funke Mediengruppe newspaper chain reported Thursday. …read more Source: Channel...

    Global alarm over Ukraine fighting as death toll hits 19
    Feb02

    Global alarm over Ukraine fighting as death toll hits 19

    AVDIIVKA, Ukraine: The death toll from the latest escalation in fighting in Ukraine rose to 19 on Wednesday as international alarm rang out over the spike in bloodshed in the European Union’s back yard. Government forces and Russian-backed separatists exchanged mortar and rocket fire for a fourth day around the flashpoint eastern town of...

    Tillerson confirmed as secretary of state amid eased U.S. tone on Russia in Ukraine, diplomat dissaray
    Feb02

    Tillerson confirmed as secretary of state amid eased U.S. tone on Russia in Ukraine, diplomat dissaray

    The U.S. Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as the next secretary of state Wednesday, handing a major boost to President Donald Trump as he builds his Cabinet. Tillerson was confirmed by a vote of 56 to 43, with four Democrats ultimately joining all 52 Republicans voting in favor. Trump has repeatedly blasted Democrats […] The...

    Fighting in eastern Ukraine flares up again
    Feb01

    Fighting in eastern Ukraine flares up again

    February 02, 2017 5:00 AMMOSCOW • The war in eastern Ukraine that simmered quietly for months has erupted in a lethal bout of fighting in recent days. …read more Source: The Straits...

    Poland eyes Belarus ties to revive EU’s Eastern Partnership
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    Feb01

    Poland eyes Belarus ties to revive EU’s Eastern Partnership | Reuters

    By Pawel Sobczak, Lidia Kelly and Justyna Pawlak | WARSAW WARSAW Poland is trying to improve relations with its eastern neighbour Belarus in the hope of also reviving the European Union’s dormant Eastern Partnership initiative that targets six former Soviet republics, its deputy foreign minister said.The Eastern Partnership offered money,...

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